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Must-Read Memoirs Of The Moment

Sit back and relax with these 5 must-read memoirs. From motherhood, independence, and mental illness these titles will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page!

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The Outskirts of Hope by Jo Ivester

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The United States is at the peak of its civil rights movement when 10-year-old Jo Ivester and her family move to a small, all-black Mississippi town. Jo’s father is a doctor at the poor population clinic, but ultimately, it is Jo’s mother, a high school English teacher, who makes a lasting difference. Using her mother’s journals and writings, Jo explores the trials and tribulations faced by her family while living in that small, Mississippi town.

Born With Teen by Kate Mulgrew

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Kate Mulgrew, known for her roles in Star Trek and Orange is the New Black, brings us an inspiring look into her courageous life as she learns to live life to the fullest. Raised in an unconventional Irish Catholic family, Kate learned at an early age that she would have to take matters into her own hands if she wanted to live the life she always dreamed of. Leaving home at the age of 18, Kate embraced the chaos of New York City and quickly experienced the whirlwind of success. Navigating the rocky roads of show business and the bustling city of New York, Kate reminded her self to live life to the fullest, but on her own terms.

The Light of The World by Elizabeth Alexander

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In this heartfelt memoir, Alexander revisits the anguish she felt after the death of her husband, and the daunting challenge of raising two teenage sons on her own. The story is one of loss, but also one of hope as she explores the blessings that come through family, love, and community.

The S Word by Paolina Milana

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Paolina Milana debuts her first full-length book where she shares her tragic yet tenacious story of growing up in a Sicilian Catholic family surrounded by mental illness, trauma, and secrets. Paolina’s debut memoir explores her adolescence with a paranoid schizophrenic mother while experiencing life as an immigrant family from Italy, sexual abuse from a trusted father figure, and the overwhelming burden of keeping everything a secret.

Bettyville by George Hodgman

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George Hodgman is forced to return to his hometown in Missouri to care for his aging mother, Betty who is strong willed and refuses to leave her home for assisted living. Betty has never quite come to terms with the fact that George is gay; however, as the two spend more time together, two worlds will collide, as mother and son learn to accept on another.

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